MORRISVILLE, N.C. — Getting to the airport, through security to the gate and on the plane can be stressful for anyone. But it can be especially challenging for people with dementia, autism or other disabilities that may not be apparent to those around them.
While advocacy groups and media have traditionally put greater focus on children with autism, new research finds that representation of adults on the spectrum is growing.
Six Flags America has taken two big steps to make its parks more accessible to people with physical disabilities and autism, concluding years of effort by the amusement park chain and mirroring a broader movement toward accessibility in the entertainment industry.
For most of the 33 years of my life, I lived under my parents’ roof. As such I was often coddled because of my challenges in life. Oftentimes I followed suit in their choices they made for me. Now in my fourth year of independence, I am learning that I have to think and decide for myself what is necessary for me in my life, because I am the one that has to live with the choices I make.
After three weeks of a pre-pandemic routine, I knew earlier this week that a Mental Health day was needed.
So, this past week as I navigate the world, I am beginning to realize that I may have different preferences than those close to me and I am realizing that I have the right to have the choices that I have to do the things in life that I want as long as they do not cause an hindrance to anyone. As such, I realize how much my thinking has been skewed by the way I thought I had to follow the choices of those close to me.
As I was thinking of something to write for my weekly feature post this week, I contemplated greatly and went back and forth on several ideas for a post for the week ahead as I usually write on the weekend before. Being a great week overall, I decided to write about just that.
Recently, I have realized that there are things I am slowly becoming more aware of that affect my senses. Knowing this, I have to use the proper defenses to best protect myself from reacting in a negative manner that can cause unwanted attention or behavior and produce consequences that I will deeply regret.
Anymore, at least in my world anyway, it has been imperative to be vigilant of my personal safety when out and about in public, as it should be of anyone. However, for many autistic people, this can be a struggle to have understood and know one’s boundaries when it comes to your own safety.
I took a picture of my serving of cheesecake last year as the day program was celebrating #NationalCheesecakeDay. Shortly after, due to a multitude of factors, I experienced an intense meltdown because I was Unable to regognize the signs and take care of myself earlier. It was what started the process of learning and growing … Continue reading A Year Later. I recovered and I listened.